LINCOLN — Pressure by Lincoln Pius X was too much for Fremont High and the No. 7 Thunderbolts earned a 66-51 victory over the Tigers in high school boys basketball Friday night.
Pius built an 18-9 lead at the end of the first quarter by taking advantage of Fremont miscues caused by its full-court press. The Thunderbolts increased their lead to 32-21 at halftime and then exploded for 28 points in the third quarter for a 60-44 lead heading into the final quarter.
The Bolts’ press was no surprise to Fremont High, which dropped its sixth-straight game.
“We knew it was coming. We worked on it all week but they’re very good at it,” Fremont High coach Mark Williams said.
FHS had a chance to cut Pius’ lead to four with under 10 seconds left in the first but the Tigers turned the ball over on an offense foul under the basket. The Bolts’ Joe Burt followed with a 3 at the buzzer to turn what could have been just a four-point lead into a nine-point lead.
Senior Riley Harms led Fremont with 19 points, including three 3s in the second half. Sophomore Payton Johnson added 15 points.
“I was really proud of Payton. He put himself in good spots and he finished and that picked up his defense on the other end,” Williams said.
Junior guard Charlie Easley led Pius (13-7) with 19 points and Burt added 11.
“We could learn a lot from how they share the basketball,” Williams said. “They don’t have shooters, they have makers.”
Fremont (4-16) hosts Lincoln Southeast at 7 Saturday night in the final home game of the season. The Tigers then travel to Millard North on Thursday and Lincoln North Star on Friday to conclude the regular season.
Pius X (13-7) 18 14 28 6 — 66
Fremont (4-16) 9 12 13 17 — 51
LINCOLN PIUS X — Joe Dworak 6, Joe Burt 11, Colby Rada 9, Austin Jablonski 6, Charlie Easley 19, Jackson Owens 3, Seth Pollock 1, Thomas Robertson 7, Tatum Jentrup 2, Holton Harman 2.
FREMONT — Edvin Cortave 2, Triston Keeney 1, Aidan Queen 2, Riley Harms 19, Zach Woehrer 8, Jacob Heineman 4, Payton Johnson 15.